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April is STD Awareness Month

Upcoming Events for St. Lucie County:

April 17: Milner Drive - 10am-2pm
April 24: PSL Community Center, Airoso Blvd. (HIV) - 11am-2pm
April 27: PSL Civic Center, US1 (Pride Fest) - 12-4pm

This year’s STD awareness month is highlighting that STD Prevention is a part of HIV Prevention. Studies show that people who have STDs such as Gonorrhea, Herpes, and Syphilis are more likely to get HIV compared to people who are STD-free. The same behaviors that put you at risk for acquiring these STDs can put you at risk for getting HIV. The CDC would like for the STD department to focus on those risks and promote awareness for STD and HIV prevention.

  • Providers: Educate your patients about their risk for STDs and HIV, and make taking a sexual history a priority.
  • Civic and community-based organizations: Support local STD and HIV prevention efforts.
  • Individuals: Protect your health: Take steps to lower your risk of getting an STD, and also lower your risk of getting HIV.

You Are Cordially Invited:

3rd Annual HIV Patient Care & Prevention Meet Greet Symposium

Did you know... 43 children died last year from heatstroke in a car? Zero so far this year. Let's keep it that way. Please share these tips with everyone you know.

A Progress Report on the State of the Social, Health, and Public Safety Services in St. Lucie County for 2012

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Study Finds Flu Vaccine Reduces Risk of Flu Illness in Pregnant Women by Half

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Seasonal Influenza (Flu)

Everyone who is at least 6 months of age should get a flu vaccine. Flu shots are especially important for pregnant women due to the increased risk of complications associated with contracting the flu while pregnant. Florida Department of Health has received several reports from around the state of pregnant women with influenza-like illness requiring hospital admission into critical care units. Influenza is five times more likely to cause severe illness in pregnant women than women who are not pregnant.

  • Changes in immune, heart and lung functions during pregnancy increase the risk for severe complications from influenza.
  • Pregnant women with underlying health conditions are at greater risk of serious illness from flu than their healthy counterparts.
  • Influenza infections also increase the risk for premature labor and delivery.

The flu shot is safe and will protect both the mother and the unborn child. It will also help protect babies during the first months after birth.

FDOH reminds pregnant women of flu vaccination importance.

Who should get vaccinated against influenza?

Chikungunya Fever — Information for Clinicians

On December 12, 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported 10 cases of chikungunya that have been identified in people who live on the French side of St. Martin in the Caribbean.  Further spread on St. Martin and to other countries in the region is likely.

Chikungunya is a mosquito-borne alphavirus that spreads through mosquito bites and transmitted primarily by Aedes aegypti and Ae. albopictus. The most common symptoms of chikungunya are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash.

Humans are the primary reservoir during epidemics. Travelers who go to St. Martin in the Caribbean are at risk of getting chikungunya. In addition, travelers to Africa, Asia, and islands in the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific also are at risk, as the virus is spread in many of these areas.

Press Release for Clinicians, 12⁄13⁄13

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Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

The Epidemiology unit at Florida Health – St. Lucie County has noticed an increase in activity of reported pertussis (whooping cough). Pertussis most commonly affects infants and young children and can be fatal (especially in babies less than one year of age and infants too young to be vaccinated). Because of this, we would like to share some information regarding this vaccine preventable disease.

More information on Pertussis (whooping cough) . . .

Health Access Network Delivery Systems of St. Lucie County

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Free and confidential clinic for teens from 13-19. Services include: pregnancy testing, nutrition and diet, health education, career skills, STD testing, and much more.  More Information.
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